Reviewing the European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES) at Brightsite/Chemelot


Brightsite is proud partner of Europe’s largest event covering both the industry as well as the power business: the European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES). On 8 and 9 December 2020, more than a dozen keynotes, side events, cases and energizing talks updated you about future opportunities and threats of the energy transition and climate agreement. The summit was broadcasted from four locations and one of the studios was at Brightsite/Chemelot. Together we fostered ideas, technology, plans and projects to address the climate challenge by bringing together all relevant parties and expertise. See pictures of the summit below.

Brightsite is the knowledge center for achieving a sustainable, competitive chemical industry. We depend on the people we work with. One thing that has certainly been proven during the summit is that there is an enormous amount of knowledge and expertise available. Bringing this knowledge together gives us a boost. Brightsite works on a great assignment where knowledge and skills come together. In January we will share the highlights of the breakout session, divided in three interesting videos per topic. At the EIES we zoom into 3 highlights from the Brightsite program lines, about biomass as a replacement for fossil raw materials, HSE management in the age of Artificial Intelligence and innovation, circularity & industrial water usage.

  • Biomass as a replacement for fossil raw materials for the chemical industry and start-up route as the way to innovate
    Since 100% circularity is not feasible through recycling, investments will have to be made in other routes to achieve the set climate goals. Biomass is a good alternative – in our opinion the real green alternative right now – to supplement carbon losses in the chemical industry.
  • Innovation and HSE management in the age of Artificial Intelligence: promising predictive model for process safety in development in collaboration with AnQore
    HSE management is now mainly focused on explaining afterwards why and how an incident could have happened. Predicting incidents in the chemical industry remains difficult. The most recent studies show that, if sufficient data is available, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques are successful in classifying different types of incidents and in finding patterns causing those incidents. The first step towards predicting has thus been taken.
  • Innovation, circularity & industrial water usage
    In the chemical industry water is of as much importance as in our daily lives, since it enables chemical processes to be performed as it is used as cooling water, for steam and as process water. On the other hand as society we become more and more aware of the scarcity and value of clean water. How can we bring this together? The first step is to comply with the new water permit Chemelot is awaiting, including increasing requirements from the EU Water framework directive. The next step might be zero discharge and a circular water system. How can we achieve this? And how is it linked with the energy and materials transition at Chemelot?

If you want to review the EIES breakout session or share it with others, you can find it here. The Brightsite/Chemelot livestream includes the entire day’s program. The Brightsite breakout session can be found from roughly 1.20 hours to 2.50 hours.